What Is the CFPB’s Role in Protecting Consumers?

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By Gideon Weissman, U.S. PIRG The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis with one mission: to protect consumers in the financial marketplace. Consumers face a wide variety of complex problems, along with tricks and traps, when dealing...
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What Does Scott Gottlieb’s Leadership Mean for Scientific Integrity at the FDA?

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Later this afternoon the Senate will vote to confirm Scott Gottlieb as the next U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner. What does this mean for scientists and science-based policymaking at the FDA? His conflicts of interest are...
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Trump Picks Two for FERC—Will Bipartisanship Continue?

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By John Moore, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump has finally announced his intent to nominate candidates for two of the three open seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and send their names to the U.S. Senate for approval. Assuming they are confirmed, the two...
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Under New Mismanagement: Polluters Asked How to Destroy EPA

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council “’Listening Sessions’: Excellent!” Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency held “listening sessions” to hear public comment on Executive Order 13777, which requires an EPA Task Force to recommend “specific rules that...
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5 Reasons Why the Regulatory Accountability Act is Bad for Science

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By Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists Last week, Senator Rob Portman introduced his version of the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), a bill that would significantly disrupt our science-based rulemaking process. A version of this inherently flawed, impractical proposal has been...
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25 Percent of the Senate Speaks Out for Real Net Neutrality

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By Dana Floberg, Free Press It’s been a good couple of days for Net Neutrality. Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai have been ramping up their attack on the open internet, but we’ve been ramping up our defense. Activists around the country are mobilizing, pro-Net Neutrality comments are flooding...
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Net Neutrality Activists Picket Pai

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By Brandon Forester, Free Press Last Thursday we printed our chant sheets, bought a couple of dollar-store ponchos, had a sign-making party and picked up a bullhorn we’d borrowed from the Washington Peace Center. We had work to do. On Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was continuing his speaking...
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Trump’s Regulatory Accountability Act Is a License to Kill

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By Sam Berger, Center for American Progress Don’t let the innocuous name fool you: The Regulatory Accountability Act recently introduced in the Senate is nothing less than President Donald Trump’s License to Kill Bill. Described as the means of realizing Steve Bannon’s dream to deconstruct the...
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Advisory Committee Shakeup Targets Independent Science and Scientists

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Right now, the Trump administration is taking a backdoor approach to putting politics over science. There is a full-on assault afoot to strip away the independence of advisory committees at several government agencies. The reason? A renewed interest...
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What Did the CFPB Do About Wells Fargo Opening Unauthorized Accounts?

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By Gideon Weissman, U.S. PIRG The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the first federal agency devoted to protecting consumers in the financial marketplace. In 2016, the CFPB held Wells Fargo accountable for unfair treatment of its customers. From at least 2011 to 2016, Wells Fargo...
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Facing Scrutiny on Pruitt’s Climate Denial, EPA Seeks to Bury Climate Science

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By Elena Saxonhouse, Sierra Club On the eve of the People’s Climate March, which drew many thousands of people to Washington, D.C., to demand stronger action on climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was “updating” web pages that had formerly explained the causes...
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The CMS’ Marketplace Stabilization Rule – What You Need to Know to Help Farmworkers Access Health Insurance

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By Virginia Ruiz, Farmworker Justice On April 13, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule regarding market stabilization within the health insurance marketplace.[i] The rule makes several changes to current ACA provisions, including open enrollment, Special...
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